This orange glazed ham recipe is a sweet dish with just a touch of spice. The secret ingredient is the ancho chili powder which adds a little heat to the sweet. You can make this easy gluten free ham for any holiday or just Sunday dinner! The best part is this Orange Glazed Ham recipe only takes a few minutes prep to have a show-stopping main dish that will feed a crowd.
The reason this ham is so delicious is the 4 ingredients that make the glaze. Orange marmalade, orange juice, maple syrup and ancho chili come together creating a depth of flavor that everyone will love.
The ancho chili provides a balance to the sweetness of the other three ingredients. If you don’t like any heat then I recommend trying my brown sugar and pineapple ham! Even though I don’t think this is very spicy even with the ancho chili powder.
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We always make a ham at all of our holiday get togethers! If it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter there will be a ham on the table! I love making a ham because it soaks in all the flavor of whatever you decide to glaze it with. Plus it goes with every side dish!
We always use to go to the Honey Baked Ham store and wait in line for hours to get our holiday ham. I remember being so bored as a kid but they did have samples of all their sides on the way up to the cash register so at least that was fun!
Anyway, I knew that there had to be an easier way to have a delicious glazed ham at my holidays without the wait. I love the flavor of orange marmalade so when I found a recipe for peach preserve ham I decided that I would swap that for orange marmalade and make this orange glazed ham recipe.
The Smucker’s orange marmalade is what I always use but you can use any version you have at the store. Marmalade is simply the name for preserves made with citrus that included rinds as well as the inner fruit and pulp.
I thought that maple syrup would give it another layer of flavor that compliments the orange. But I didn’t want to overwhelm with sweet so I added the ancho chili powder which adds a smokey flavor to create a unique ham.
Gluten Free Ham
My husband has celiac disease, which means you are allergic to gluten. All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten free so you can make this Orange Glazed Ham recipe with no substitutions!
However, I do want to take a second to say that Honey Baked Ham did change their glaze to be gluten free. There have been issues with cross contamination and having issues when eating there. Here’s a great list of Gluten-Free Hams just to be safe.
How to Make the Glaze?
Making the glaze for the orange glazed ham recipe does take an extra step at the end on the stove cooking the sauce down. If you don’t have time for this step it is still delicious and the sauce is infused into the meat already. However, I do think the extra time spent cooking the sauce down is well worth the effort. The sweet, sticky sauce is what everyone will be remembering all year long once they leave your house.
Plus, it really doesn’t take anything but time to make the glaze. All you do is bring it to a boil then let it simmer down until the sauce thickens. It took me about 10 minutes to cook the sauce into a glaze.
How to Make Orange Glazed Ham Recipe
Step 1. Mix orange marmalade, orange juice, maple syrup and ancho chili powder in separate bowl.
Step 2. Put 1/4 the orange sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker.
Step 3. Add ham into slow cooker bigger side down.
Step 4. Cover ham with remaining sauce. (Optional- Add sliced oranges).
Step 5. Cook ham on low until warm, 2-3 hours.
Step 6. Remove ham and slice.
Step 7. Pour the liquid from the bottom of the crock pot into a medium sized pan. Simmer until sauce thickens until desired thickness.
Step 8. Pour glaze over ham and serve.
What to Serve with Orange Glazed Ham?
If you are looking for ideas of what to serve with this ham, I like to serve my Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes and Easy 5 ingredient Creamed Corn with my ham.
Orange Glazed Ham Recipe
- 6 pound fully cooked bone-in ham spiral 6-7 pounds
- 2 cups orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup orange juice no pulp
- 2 tbsp ancho chili powder
- Mix orange marmalade, orange juice, maple syrup and ancho chili powder in separate bowl.
- Put 1/4 the orange sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add ham into slow cooker cut side down.
- Cover ham with remaining sauce. (Optional- Add sliced oranges).
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer registers 140 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the ham.
- Remove ham and slice if necessary.
- Pour the liquid from the bottom of the crock pot into a medium sized pan.
- Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer.
- Cook for 6-8 minutes or until thicken to your preference.
- Pour glaze over ham and serve.
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